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Online Certificate – Cyber Network Defense

The certificate in Cyber Network Defense provides students with the foundational skills to apply defensive measures to networks and information systems. Students in the certificate program will gain an understanding of computer hardware and system software. The program will provide education related to all aspects of information security including technical security, communications security, encryption, personnel security and operations and security. The legal, technical, and ethical aspects of computer network investigations will be covered. In addition, students will gain an understanding of malware threats and will perform hands-on vulnerability assessment and penetration testing.

The Cyber Network Defense Certificate will also help prepare students to take advantage of testing for these professional certifications:

  • :: CompTIA A+
  • :: CompTIA Security+
  • :: CompTIA Network+

Utica College is proud to be designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Courses & Curriculums

Students will learn hands-on investigative skills using the most modern and up-to-date tools and technologies in the following courses:

CYB 107 – Computer Hardware and Peripherals
Computer hardware and peripherals and other digital media used in commission of cyber-crimes. Hands-on examination of devices, including building, configuring, upgrading, troubleshooting, diagnosis, and repair.

CYB 205 – Software Foundations for Cybersecurity
Overview and exploration of software and technology foundations for cybersecurity and information assurance majors.

CYB 333 – Information Security
Protection of proprietary information in both the corporate and government sectors. Topics include: information as a resource, legal issues, policy formulation, administrative and technical remedies, and case studies.

CYB 337 – Computer Network Investigations
Study of the technology, laws, regulations, ethics and procedures for conducting computer network investigations

CYB 362 – Information System Threats, Attacks and Defenses
Methods and motives of cyber-security incident perpetrators, and the countermeasures employed to organizations and agencies to prevent and detect those incidences. Ethical obligations of security professionals.

CYB 438 – System Vulnerability Assessments
Threats to information systems and process for performance of audits, assessments, penetration tests, and architecture reviews. Use of tools for such studies and practical experience in conducting assessments and preparing reports.

Total Required Credits Hours: 18

Admission Requirements

To apply for admission, you must meet the following requirements:

  • :: Associate's degree or International equivalent
  • :: Minimum GPA of 2.7. Applicants with GPAs below 2.7 can be admitted at the discretion of the department

Cyber Network Defense Learning Goals

  • :: Understand the basics of computer hardware and peripherals
  • :: Apply foundational principles and concepts of information security to real-world problems
  • :: Analyze, assess and create cyber defense tools and techniques
  • :: Apply technical, legal and ethical concepts to cybercrime investigations
  • :: Understand how software is used for cybersecurity applications
  • :: Perform vulnerability and penetration testing

Continue Your Education

When you’re ready to advance your education, you may seamlessly transfer your Certificate credits to complete your Bachelor’s in Cybersecurity in as few as 12 months.1 Not all credit hours may transfer into the Bachelor’s degree. Permission of the Program Director is required.

Additional Certificates of Advanced Study can be found here.

Want to Learn More?

Request More Information or call us today at 315.732.2640 or toll-free at 866.295.3106 to speak with a Program Manager.

1Students are expected to take 1 class every 8 weeks. Please contact your Program Manager for detailed guidelines.